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Apr 19, 2013 1:40am PDT
see it is the one with the white cap believed to be on the loose, brian. so far, at least, brian ross, no identification of these suspects. >> we don't have a name yet, that's right, george. we do have, according to the massachusetts state police a clear connection between the two people being sought for the marathon bombing and the two individuals involved here. this continues to be a highly tense situation that they've got members of the s.w.a.t team overhere with automatic weapons and reporters trying to cover the story. one of our producers who wandered off to see what was happening down the road was forced to the ground at the point of a weapon because she had a black backpack on and told there are bombs everywhere, you have to get out of this area. we are also advised to keep our cell phones off at one point for plghig >> as you say, highly tense situation. i want to go now to pierre thomas, our chief justice correspondent in washington. pierre, i know the fbi special agent in charge is on the scene right now in watertown, but the top effort by the fbi in washington trying to identi
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Apr 19, 2013 12:35am PDT
this wild police chase. brian ross is in watertown at the scene and we're going to go to him and find out what the latest is. brian are you there? >> reporter: yes, we are. there is no official confirmation as to who has been taken into custody. we're told one person has been taken into custody and a second is being sought. this is an event that began four or five hours ago and unfolding ever since. one of our producers who was down the road here was told to get back from the area, whoever they are looking for is throwing bombs. the bomb squads are there. be vary -- very careful. i heard them give instructions to make sure shay don't discharge their weapons. it's a highly tense situation. [ indiscernible ] talking about, looking for suspects one and two in the marathon bombing has been spotted here by abc news. we were just told by a state police officer there will be a news conference comip place right whe anding. it's a fluid situation and we are awaiting to official confirmation as to who was involved. we had initial word from massachusetts police that this is connected to the mara
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Apr 19, 2013 5:30pm PDT
have been asking, where is she? do they have her in custody tonight? brian ross, if you can hear me now, do you know anything about that? is there any chance that the older brother's wife is in custody now, do we know anything? sounds as if brian is debriefing somebody on scene there, i'll go to pierre thomas with the same question? he is doing the same thing. you are getting an eyewitness on reporting at work, the abc news force. this is what we do, seeking out every single piece of information. so, we're doing it with you, you are part of our news room, in a sense here online. and we have someone else on the telephone? irene santoro. irene, hello, it's diane. tell me what you saw. >> hello, diane. yes, well, we've been here on franklin street, well, all day, and we've been hearing everything all night, as well. with hall continuers and lights, et set that here. but presently, we have about, oh, maybe about 70 police vehicles lining of washburn street. that's perpendicular to franklin street, which is right in front of our house. and it's something that, it's a little ironic, becau
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Apr 25, 2013 5:30pm PDT
and the one thing that might have saved new york city from an attack. brian ross is right here tonight. >>> chemical weapons. this evening has syria crossed that line? the stunning new intelligence. what now from the white house? martha raddatz reports. >>> hail to the chief. five american presidents, five first ladies. an emotional george w. bush at his new library. and bill clinton on mr. bush's paintings. >> those bathroom sketches were wonderful -- [ laughter ] >> and tonight diane sawyer and laura bush behind the scenes. the moment that changed it all. >>> and subway surprise. the famous singer about to stun those passengers walking through that door with a performance. you're about to see it too. ♪ >>> good evening on this thursday night. diane is on assignment. we begin with the new shock wave, what authorities believe those boston bombers were planning next. hoping to head to times square in new york. a live reminder tonight of one of the busiest tourists destinations in the world. nearly half a million people passing through the heart of new york every day. investigators say
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Apr 19, 2013 6:00pm PDT
. "bombing suspect in custody." brian ross, you are still out on the streets, as well. tell us what's going on around you. we may not have brian able to hear me right now. linsey davis, if you can hear me, if you can hear me -- >> reporter: yes, diane. >> i seem to be hearing the cheering going on. >> reporter: diane, this is essentially become like an inpr inpromtu parade. every single vehicle comes out of here, people yelling, "boston strong, boston proud." and as well, the police officers have been responding with thumb's up and fist pumps. lots of computement here. just a huge sense of relief, of excitement. people are feeling that they have gotten back what perhaps they lost on monday. >> yes, they're cheering every car that goes by. do you have a sense that it's -- that this is a complete exit now, fwichb that ygiven that yo every one of those cars head in? >> reporter: i think that there are still more cars to come, because we've been here since 3:00 this morning, dozens of cars have been streaming into this perimeter all day and certainly, we have started to see in the afterno
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Apr 23, 2013 12:35am PDT
. what he is saying you will want to hear. abc chief investigative correspondent brian ross that is this "nightline" exclusive. >> reporter: in the hours before dzhokhar tsarnaev was accused he revealed the why and the how of the deadly bomb attacks. and for all the power of the two explosions, for all the dramatic gunfights and for all the indications of well-trained terrorist techniques the younger brother reportedly told agents according to the authorities it was almost entirely done from the internet, homegrown with no direction from overseas. they used an al qaeda internet description of how to make a pressure cooker bomb. seth jones, a counterterror expert at the rand corporation, has analyzed the marathon attack and how it was pulled off. >> ad libbed part of it and made some decisions on a few elements of the bomb making. but what's different about this is they took a simple recipe and then targeted a -- the boston marathon. >> reporter: why the marathon? because, officials say, it was there, essentially. and easy. not long in the planning either. >> it does appear though th
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Apr 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
ross in watertown and clearly, brian, this situation is intensified over the last half hour or so after we saw governor deval patrick and the chief, the police commissioner come out and warn everyone to stay inside. a lot more information coming in, brian ross. >> reporter: certainly is and very grim-faced governor and police officials not sharing all they know, but deeply concerned enough to lock down the entire city of boston. tell everybody to stay inside and lock their doors in watertown where they've been searching for suspect number two since about 10:30, 11:00 last night. there's a no-fly zone and a police helicopter circling about a half mile away.at is the primw where they're looking for suspect number two. he is the 19-year-old brother. the other one, the dead suspect, 26 apparently moved here just five years ago and we can see and he was trying to become a boxer on the u.s. olympic boxing team and he wrote on a page posted there, "i have no american friends. i don't understand em?." >> okay, brian. we got from a police scanner chilling information. take a listen. >> "i
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Apr 22, 2013 5:30pm PDT
have radical ties overseas? abc's brian ross with that. >> reporter: federal authorities today were searching behind a cambridge drug store in an area where the brother's father used to repair cars, looking for more possible explosives or where the bombs are made. so far, there's no evidence of a continuing threat. the fbi also wants to question tamerlan's wife, seen over the weekend, leaving the family apartment. a rhode island native, she converted to islam and changed her name from katherine to karima. because she lived in the same cambridge apartment where authorities believed the two brothers hatched their plot, she could provide clues about whether others were involved. her family issued a statement today saying, "we know now that we never really knew tamerlan tsarnaev." now a possible link to a murder, two years ago. local prosecutors said today they are investigatoring whether tamerlan was involved in the brutal murder of three young men, one of whom was his roommate. the three were found with their throats slashed, covered in marijuana and cash. also under investigation, th
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Apr 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
cooker. that's where abc's brian ross continues our coverage. >> reporter: this is what remains of the pressure cooker turned into a homemade bomb seen in this fbi crime lab photo obtained by abc news. it was hidden in a black backpack. the simple bombs were responsible for 12 seconds of horror. cell phone footage shot by a spectator between the two explosions. authorities are going through race day videos frame by frame. here the white smoke seen after the detonation indicates a bomb built with low velocity explosive mixtures, not the more powerful military grade. >> they may not have had the resources as we've seen in other bomb attacks, but they knew how to make the bomb go boom. >> reporter: but tuesday there was a new plea for help in identifying the bomber. >> any individual who expressed a desire to target the marathon, suspicious interest in researching how to create explosive devices, the noise of explosions in remote areas prior to yesterday, which may have been used as tests by those responsible for these acts. >> reporter: the efforts to learn who is behind the bombing ofte
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Apr 19, 2013 7:00am PDT
terrorist lead double lives. we begin with chief investigative brian ross, on the ground, all through the night in watertown, brian, a night of gunfire, bombs, police hunting down the terrorists right now. >> reporter: indeed, george. he was last seen 12 hours ago here in watertown, since then, no sightings of him. so the search is almost urgent. authorities are saying that suspect number two dzhokhar tsarnaev is armed and extremely dangerous, may be wearing a suicide vest. >> indications are strong that the current outstanding party may be wearing a suicide vest. again, all units use extreme caution approaching any party that matches the description of the outstanding party. >> reporter: it began last night. with the robbery of a convenience store in cambridge at approximately 7:30. a surveillance camera inside the store, caught the image of the man eye dented mied five hours earlier of suspect number two in the marathon bombings. on the campus of m.i.t. a shoot-out that left an police officer dead. next, the two men carjacked a rcedes and then led the police on a wild, violent chase
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Apr 19, 2013 1:05am PDT
. a chaotic night. as i said, we want to start off right now with brian ross. brian, what is the latest? >> good morning, george. been identified as suspect number one at yesterday's fbi news conference is dead, according to the head of the massachusetts state police. the man identified as suspect number two, the man in the white cap is at large. the evening began, apparently, with an attempted hold up at a 7-eleven store. video from inside the store matched the suspect number two from the marathon bombings. at that point they went and tried to steal a car, a mercedes suv. in the interim they shot and killed, according to state police, a police officer at m.i.t., another transit police officer was wounded. the chase continued here to watertown with explosives, according to authorities. the people in the car were shooting and throwing hand grenades. there was a shootout and at that point suspect number one, whose name we do not know, was shot. suspect number two escaped and now a huge manhunt o this area for suspect number two. residents have been told to stay inside. do not open
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Apr 16, 2013 6:00am PDT
critically. i'm here with brian ross and martha raddatz and, brian, we now know that the fbi is in charge of this investigation. >> they have taken the lead in the investigation. they called it potential terrorism. they have yet not enough evidence to tell whether it's domestic terrorism, international terrorism but looking for all kinds of clues in the videos that were taken by witnesses and also the clues of what the explosive was made out of which can be helpful in determining the signature of the bombmaker. >> their first press conference yesterday they were asking residents of boston to send in any video they had and would comb through it. martha raddatz, one of the interesting factors there was no specific threat coming in before the marathon. >> there were no specific threats whatsoever. it was just a beautiful day in boston. the boston marathon, of course, we had national guard there and a lot of police presence, but nothing indicating any sort of terrorist attack or any kind of attack. >> okay, we see the officials walking in right now. we know that governor deval patrick and may
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Apr 20, 2013 7:00am PDT
full force right now. we start with chief investigative correspondent brian ross, who has been on this story from the jump. he has a blow-by-blow account of how the arrest went down. brian, good morninto you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the capture was dramatic and quick. authorities said they brought justice to the victims of the marathon bombings and turned despair into delight. [ chanting ] >> all: usa, usa! >> we are eternally grateful for the outcome here tonight. we have a suspect in custody. >> reporter: just 25 minutes after officials lifted a day-long lockdown for residents and conceded the suspect probably got away, a watertown resident went out to walk his dog and noticed blood on the side of his boat stored on a trailer in the back driveway. >> he looked in and saw a man covered in blood. owhelicopter with frared sensors detected movement in the boat. >> we're getting information from the aircraft that there is definite movement in the rear of that boat. >> reporter: 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev had eluded the massive police manhunt by hiding in the boat. until th
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Apr 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
investigative correspondent, brian ross, with the latest. >> reporter: it was only a few months ago that dzhokhar tsarnaev posted this video of himself online playfully teasing his brother's daughter. today the 19-year-old is at the devens federal medical center outside boston. confined by himself to a tiny cell, a taste of what awaits him if convicted of the marathon bombing. >> he doesn't have a life, period. his total existence will be lockdown. >> reporter: meantime, fbi agents are widening their net in looking for possible accomplices of the two brothers in the bombing. >> some may have been involved helping build the bombs, others may have helped radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: fbi agents today also continued to press the katherine russell, the widow of the elder brother tamerlan, about her knowledge of her husband's activities. agents left her house carrying evidence bags, and she was seen leaving with her attorneys, who have said she did not know about the bomb plot. and the investigative threads continue to stretch into russia. at the same time tamerlan traveled there last
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Apr 17, 2013 5:30pm PDT
latest news right now from abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. brian? >> reporter: diane, authorities put out the word today, just 48 hours after the bombs went off, that they might have found the bomber. the developments came on a day of unfulfilled expectations and a serious case of security jitters. >> this is not a drill. this is not a drill. >> reporter: the federal courthouse, where any suspect would stand trial, was evacuated late this afternoon because of a bomb threat that, understandably, was taken very seriously. >> what are they telling you? >> code red evacuation. >> code red, evacuate the building. >> reporter: no bomb was found. but the law enforcement response forced a postponement of a news conference where officials had planned to talk about a possible suspect. authorities say the fbi is focused on photographs, including some taken by a surveillance camera at the lord & taylor store, that show a man in the race-day crowd, using a cellphone, with a black bag strapped across his chest that authorities say may contain the bomb. the key frames are just a few
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Apr 19, 2013 4:00pm PDT
want to go to brian ross. brian? >> choppers moved in. it's back to the same, serious and overwhelming presence of law enforcement. and they're back now to the point where they think they have a sense of where he is. as they're are bringing in resources you can imagine u-turns and law enforcement front teams with word that. they have special s.w.a.t. teams responding they know how to deal with something like that. they know this is a cop killer, they don't want to be one of the cops kill sod they're going to go in with caution, heavy body armor and weapons. >> i want to go to peer thomas. you said there was a fear the suspect could be watching the media and fact they sent everybody into the street again makes you wonder the timing. was that a diversion? they didn't want him to know perhaps they spotted him? they were on him? >> that wouldo be that this was gainsmanship by law enforcement officials. they were so concerned he was monitoring them, they didn't want to give hints ofr operations so we have calls out in washington making -- may take time for information to flow b
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Apr 16, 2013 7:00am EDT
in boston along with josh elliott, martha raddatz and brian ross working the story all night long joining us this morning and, josh, this image from "the boston globe" really captures it all, "marathon terror." >> all the more staggering considering the day, patriots' day, a day important to the whole of new england. day read in one story where this city becomes a village and think what happens in the village center, that town center torn apart. >> patriots' day, 117th running of the boston marathon. all of boston coming out to celebrate even a game at fenway yesterday afternoon but look at the terror and chaos after those bombs hit. we have brand-new video coming in right now. people trapped between the two he can explosions exactly 12 seconds apart. watch and listen. this is what it felt like if you were caught between the two bombs. >> holy [ muted ]. >> oh, my god. [ explosion ] >> and, josh, 12 seconds of terror and captured so clearly right there. came right before 3:00 p.m., about 2:50. that hour when the bulk of runners would cross the finish line. >> the average finish wa
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Apr 16, 2013 7:00am EDT
astonishing shot. overnight a frantic search playing out around boston. are the clues buried in the bombs? we are live on the scene with the breaking new details and the brand-new video. >> this is a special edition of "good morning america," terror at the boston marathon live from boston. >>> and good morning, america. from boston, a city in shock this morning after a clear day full of promise was shattered by bombs. you see those images right there. they've been coming in all night. the scene at mile 26 of the boston marathon. it was a mile also marked for the 26th victims of that newtown tragedy and right there you see it looks so much more like a war zone than a finish line. i'm here in boston along with josh elliott, martha raddatz and brian ross working the story all night long joining us this morning and, josh, this image from "the boston globe" really captures it all, "marathon terror." >> all the more staggering considering the day, patriots' day, a day important to the whole of new england. day read in one story where this city becomes a village and think what happens in the village center, that town center torn apart. >> patriots' day, 117th running of the boston marathon. all of boston coming out to celebrate even a game at fenway yesterday afternoon but look at the terror and chaos after those bombs hit. we have brand-new video coming in right now. people trapped between the two he can explosions exactly 12 seconds apart. watch and listen. this is what it felt like if you were caught between the two bombs. >> holy [ muted ]. >> oh, my god. [ explosion ] >> and, josh, 12 seconds of terror and captured so clearly right there. came right before 3:00 p.m., about 2:50. that hour when the bulk of runners would cross the finish line. >> the average finish was 4:18. this happened at about the 4:10 mark. the red sox game nearby at fenway park had just let out. spring break had begun. this city was collecting here to watch, not the elite runners, but their neighbors, their friends, their family cross that finish line, chosen again for maxim packet. we're going to have a lot more information in just a moment about the youngest victims including an 8-year-old from a neighborhood, dorchester, just a few miles from here. his name, martin richard. he is an innocent loss today. but the marathon is such a high-profile event. so many cameras on the scene we were able to reconstruct it all moment by terrifying moment. the attack appears timed for maxim packet. just before 2:50 p.m., this is the viewpoint seen by many as the 26,000 marathon runners were approaching the finish line. the first of the two explosions rocks the sidewalk along the course. white smoke blasting through the air blowing metal barricades into the street, spewing shrapnel into crowds gathered to finish. >> we are going to need more ambulances here. we need some more ambulances. >> the moment captured from multiple angle just as the race clock approaches the 4:10 mark. marathon runner bill iffrig is knocked to the ground. 12 seconds later as many flee the scene -- >> something just blew up. >> -- a second explosion goes off 130 yards from the first, less tan a block away. >> oh, god, get out of the stands. >> it was very loud. the ground shook. you could just feel it going down through you. >> we need help. >> reporter: as the injured lay on the pavement blood staining the ground. emergency medical technician, boston police and some 400 national guardsmen on hand for the race triaged the wounded. the medical tent was transformed into a trauma unit. >> one guy with his legs gone at the knees. shrapnel wounds on people on the sides of their head. >> reporter: by 3:00 p.m. just as the president is being briefed on the attacks reports trickle in of yet another explosion. this time at boston's jfk library. it's later deemed unrelated but in the growing con fruition there are reports of additional devices and several schools and hospitals are briefly evacuated. meanwhile, over 130 victims are being transported to six area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country vowing to find those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> no matter how many times you see it it is still just as terrifying. i do want to show one photograph, as well, speaking to what was not the hundreds and hundreds of bags waiting for runners who were never able to claim them again, a snapshot of innocence and perfection on that patriots' day suspended if not lost. george. >> josh, the runners across the finish line right before the moment of impact, bill iffrig is right here, 78-year-old bill i have africa, rebecca roche and we have seen that image. i want to put it up on the screen as you were just approaching the finish line, the blast hit and you went down right there. tell us what you remember. >> yeah, i didn't know what had happened. all of a sudden this enormous blast right next to me and it just kind of buckled my legs and i knew i was going down so i hit the blacktop, i started looking around to see how we were doing and i seemed to be okay but didn't get up right away. >> you fell from the impact but barely injured. >> impact i think drove me right to the ground, you know, it took away the bulk of my legs right underneath me but it didn't last long. as soon as i hit the ground i was all right. >> you must have been just a little ahead. you crossed the finish line, then whatted. >> i crossed the finish line 30, 50 seconds prior and the bombs went off and actually my mom and some dear friends were injured in the impact. >> how are they doing now. >> they're recovering from surgery. >> what kind of injuries? >> a tibial compound fracture and a patella shatter. >> could you feel the blast from where you were? >> yeah, you could still feel the trembles. >> what did you think had happened. >> i thought the worst. i turned around and saw the smoke from both bombs and thought something terrible had happened. >> bill, you were pretty dazed for a couple of minutes. >> oh, yeah, and then one of the attendants at the finish line came over and started helping me up so i was okay once i got up on my feet and he assisted me to get me over the finish line so i could finish the race. >> you actually did finish the race. >> yes, i did. >> and in those moments, rebecca, right after when you knew in your words the worst had happened, what exactly did you do? where did you go? >> it was chaotic. people were being pushed out of the way. scrambling, running with the police, people were hiding under buses, it was just panic. so we did the best we could to get out of that area and then tried to make it back to our loved ones. >> glad they're going to be okay. sorry for their injuries. rebecca and bill, thank you very much. >> investigators have been searching overnight for any clues as to who might be responsible and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross who has covered terrorism for so many years has been tracking this all day, all night. brian, what can you tell us? >> josh, we have nobody in custody and no sense that there could be more attacks coming. the search for the killers or man or men behind this could not be more urgent with hundreds assigned to the task. overnight a tip about possible explosives led agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor in the boston suburb of revere and agents said there was nothing to worry about but the quick law enforcement response underscored their effort to stop track and stop the people responsible. >> i encourage everyone to have a heightened state of vigilance here in the boston area. [ sirens] >> reporter: fbi agents went to a local hospital to question a 20-year-old saudi college student who was injured in the blast but authorities stressed he is not considered a suspect. >> there are people that we are talking to but there is no suspect at brigham and women's hospital. >> reporter: so far the videos of the blast are providing some of the most important clues, authorities say the white smoke seen after the detonation indicates small bombs with a simple low velocity explosive mixture, not military grade. but still sophisticated enough to detonate about 15 seconds apart. >> something just blew up. >> they may not have had the resources as we've seen in other bomb attacks, but they knew how to make the bomb go boom. >> reporter: experts say the large pieces of metal as seen here in the air suggest the bombs might have been concealed in a mailbox or trash barrel as one witness described. >> i literally saw the garbage barrel explode. i saw the flash, the fire, the smoke and i just ran as fast as i could. >> reporter: and the limited damage to nearby buildings telex pers the bomb may have failed to fully function as designed, in other words as bad as it was it could have been worse. at this point authorities still don't know enough to rule in or rule out domestic or international terrorism, george. >> okay, brian, thanks very much. more on this from martha raddatz. i'm joined here by martha raddatz, also pierre thomas in washington. let me begin with you, pierre. intelligence officials, brian said, are not ruling in or ruling out anything at this point. one thing so mystifying. no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility. >> reporter: i spoke to a senior official who said typically in the hours after a bombing like this, terror organizations like to claim responsibility. they want the credit for their deadly work. a number of people were interview ed overnight. some associated with that saudi student and still don't know if he had anything to do with the bombing but out after an abundance of caution they're trying to dissect his life but piecing together the bomb remnants is key because they have air vast catalog of past bombing incidents and will compare it to whatever information they can get about these devices and come up with a list of potential suspects. >> pierre, this is exactly the kind of attack homeland security officials have been worried about over the last several years, not all that sophisticated but attacking softing its. >> reporter: exactly. they were reasonably confident they could prevent a 9/11-scale attack, something huge that involved a lot of people. but what they worried about were small attacks like this which probably involved a small number of people that would go after a soft target, large numbers of people, you know, where security, while in a sense could not control everybody that would ago vest to the venue. >> okay. pierre, thanks very much. and martha raddatz here, one of the eerie elements of this whole bombing here is relatively crude bombs and the kinds of injuries you saw in iraq and afghanistan. >> saw them all the time. this whole street, this whole scene is so reminiscent of war zones in baghdad, in afghanistan. when the war in iraq began there were very small bombs. they were not military grade bombs but they do a great deal of damage and necessary kinds of bombs would be placed in backpacks, be placed on the side of the road precisely to target people walking by. >> and we're learning now the kinds of injuries that so many of the victims have are exactly the kind that a lot of our service people in iraq and afghanistan. it's going to be a long recovery. >> it is going to be a long recovery and have to think about it, those people had no protection. in iraq, in afghanistan at least they had body armor. at least they were ready to fight back. here you've got all these innocent victims on the street in their shorts and their flip-flops just enjoying the day. it's going to be a long, long recovery for these people. >> martha, thanks very much. to josh. >> so many more details coming in. linsey davis is here with the stories of the injured. those who lost their lives and, linsey, those runners who became first responders in those first moments. >> that's exactly one of the things that struck me. the doctors and nurses running in the marathon by all accounts had already been running for hour, in many cases running for their 26th mile and somehow still had the energy to help and could have saved lives. three lost, 145 people injured. 15 of them critically. overnight brand-new details about 8-year-old martin richard from dorchester, massachusetts, who lost his life in the marathon bombing. he just greeted his father at the finish line when the bombs went off, his mother and sister by his side. they were also injured. a candle now burning in front of their home as a somber memorial. >> he was out on the bike, always playing in the driveway. they were a very close-knit family and it's a tragedy. >> reporter: doctors in hospitals describing waiting rooms that looked like war zones, nearly 150 patients rushed in many requiring amputations of limbs, some still undergoing operations and clinging to life right now. 11-year-old aaron hearn is among the youngest injured waiting for his mother to cross the finish line when flying shrapnel dug into his thigh and hip. >> up on the bleachers looking down and the crowd got chaotic and he found him laying down. >> reporter: he is among the approximately 150 people injured in the attack according to the latest numbers. at least 17 are in critical condition. 8 of them children. the youngest a 2-year-old boy who was treated for a head injury. the oldest victim reportedly in their 70s. we also know some of the injured are college students, one from boston university, at least two from tufts and seven from emerson college. also this morning, the story of a mother of five whose two oldest sons, 33-year-old and 31-year-old who both lost a leg from the knee down. they were apparently standing next to the 8-year-old boy who lost his life. josh. >> thank you, linsey. and now with more on what was faced by both the victims and first responders in those first surreal moments after the explosions ripped through the finish line i'm now joined by dr. alan painter and his wife teresa. doctor, you're an emergency room doctor in gainesville, florida. you are a nurse practitioner. doctor, what did you see about 20 feet from the blast area? >> first i noticed the large explosion, felt the heat and the wave come towards me. i turned to my right and basically took about three steps and then heard another explosion further down the block which turned me back around to see people behind me bleeding and then people to where standing next to me bleeding and pretty much a mangled mess. >> we've heard the numbers that when you say mangled mess, what exactly are you looking at? >> i would estimate about 6 to 7 people lying on top of each other in a mess of bodies and legs. >> you were left to treat one woman in particular. what did you see? >> one lady had agonal respirations. i tried to control the airway. another gentleman did cpr and worked till we had a stretcher. we had a pulse till we got her to the medical exam then we lost her. >> you mentioned untangling the bodies. what sort of injuries were you seeing? >> mostly lower extremity blast injuries. one gentleman was minus both his legs below the knees and everybody else had some type of leg fracture, leg wounds. >> teresa, you were steps from the finish line, in fact, he was waiting for you to cross. what did you know? you must have heard the blast. did you have a sense of what had happened? >> well, i was scared because it sounded like it was a bomb or -- and i knew he was close by so my first worry was where was he at. >> now your story is also one of the confusion of those first moments. about an hour passed before you could finally reunite. what was that hour like? >> well, it was upset. >> well, great to have you there, as well. we thank you for your service in those first moments, doctor, and teresa. thank you for joining us. >> all right, we're going to head back down to new york where sam champion has the latest look at the nation's weather. good morning, sam. >> good morning, josh. just an incredible story from the heros that were on the scene. we're going to watch the skies in america's heartland to the east along a cold front that kicks off strong thunderstorms. san angelo probably to oklahoma city, nashville, st. louis involved, even cincinnati and quick mention of the big snow going around the denver area. 9 inches of snow normally in the month of may. that came yesterday and then some and there's another opportunity to get snow in the next 24 hours so we'll watch that system, as well. that's the weather around the nation. a mix of sunshine and cloud cover. going to keep a chance 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sam champion in times square, new york, where there's also a very big police presence. >> we'll get to that later but now the devastating stories. the bombs by all accounts were crude and unsophisticated as they were deadly and jim avila is in washington reporting on it. >> reporter: the bombs that caused such tragic wounds are actually quite small and portable like these dummy devices. they're easy to hide in a backpack. at this size they're hardly powerful enough to cause any structural damage but designed to wreak havoc on the human body, the flesh and the mind. that white smoke, the damaging shrapnel helped hold clues of ang improvised explosive device. we've seen what they do to armored vehicles and foot patrols in iraq and afghanistan. bigger ieds like this one can cause quite a blast but most often the smaller bombs as in boston are not strong enough to damage structures, but they can shall deadly to anyone in the kill zone. >> there's only one reason to build an improvised explosive device and that's to kill or injure people. >> reporter: this demonstration shows the damage done by the shrapnel. small pieces of metal often loaded inside the bomb. you can see and hear those dangerous projectiles exploding into the air. >> these people were in close proximity to the device when it went off. that's where you'll see the most catastrophic injuries. >> reporter: the actual blast of the boston bomb was not strong, mostly injures from low-flying debris leading them to call it a small ied. the one two years ago was potentially much bigger carrying 250 pounds of ammonium nitrate. a demonstration by the fbi showed it would have created a huge explosion if it would have ignited and infamous underwear bomb designed to bring down an airplane may have been powerful enough to do it as this demonstrate showed. and unfortunately, learning how to build these devices is public knowledge. >> they're easy to hide. they're easy to build. it doesn't require a lot of skill. >> reporter: if fact, experts say instructions to build bombs like the one used in boston can be found in the library or the internet with just a few clicks. josh. >> thank you, jim. we'll turn now to the latest on the investigation unfolding. authorities working this morning to connect so many dots. one big clue could be monday's date, april 15th, the anniversary of some of the most harrowing incidents in domestic coming this week and abc's pierre thomas in washington has been tracking all the latest and has that right now for us. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, josh. my sources tell me it's the evidence on scene and witnesses that will break open the case. the list of potential suspects could be long because investigators know this stretch of april is one with a dark history. this friday, april 19th is also the anniversary of two of the most traumatic days in the country's recent history. in 1993 a 51-day standoff between federal law enforcement and branch davidian leader david koresh ended with 80 dead including 25 children when koresh refused to surrender peacefully. on the same day two years later, timothy mcveigh bombed the alfred murrah federal building in oklahoma city killing 168 including 19 children in the building's day-care center. >> that attack was specifically designed as payback for the government's role in waco two years earlier. >> reporter: for those who hate america and know something of its history monday had particular meaning. in massachusetts monday was a state holiday. patriots' day commemorating the first shots fired in the american revolution. during the battles of lexington and concord fought near boston in 1775. >> the real patriots' day is april 19th. that is the date that counts for people on the extreme right in the united states. as it happens, massachusetts celebrates patriots' day on the third monday of the month. >> reporter: but for every conspiracy theory about domestic extremists or international terrorists there is this fact. april has seen its share ofndom at the innocent and vulnerable in public places. soft targets. on this day six years ago the virginia tech massacre and this saturday april 20th marks 14 years since the deadly cl colum school shooting. my sources tell me today the priority is simply to go where the evidence points, george. >> okay. thanks, pierre. let's bring in richard clarke, the head of counterterrorism for presidents clinton and bush. an abc news consultant now and you were there for waco and there for oklahoma city. how much would you be paying attention to these dates right now? >> well, not very much, george. i think we can't read anything that this yet. the only thing we can tell is this could have been done by a lone individual, just physically looking at the attack. it could have been. that's about all we can really say. it doesn't mean it was a lone individual. i think we can also say that we now have a risk of copycat killers using the same technique, going on the internet, making a bomb. this is a very small bomb. easily made. putting it in a trash bin at an event. you know, the inauguration we always see the police coming and taking the trash bins off pennsylvania avenue prior to the parade. boston didn't do that apparently yesterday because there was no threat information. marathon had gone off peacefully for years. i used to go to it as a kid. in fact, the poor boy that died was from the neighborhood i grew up in. this is all very personal for a lot of us. but i think for now the only thing we can say is they will either break quickly as in the world trade center attack in 1993 or it could take months of forensic work as in the twa 800 crash. it may take a long time for the fbi to put the videotape together from so many cameras. >> and, richard, one of the perplexing things as you pointed out no real chatter before the attack or not much after either. >> not much after that we know of. you can be sure, george, that the national security agency is going through all sorts of phone calls in the boston area to foreign locations. they're also going to be looking for phone calls made at the exact times of the bombs going off to see if the bombs were triggered by calls to cell phones. that's their expertise. the fbi's expertise is putting together lots of little pieces, little tiny pieces of bombs and that's what they'll start doing today. >> okay, painstaking work ahead. richard, thanks very much. time for the weather and to sam champion back up in times square. >> hey, george, we're going to begin with a map that shows all of the warm air pooling in the south headed east over the next couple of days. temperatures in the 60s approaching the 70s into the northeast and we have raleigh and a good part of the south coming up with temperatures in the 80s. d.c., you're warm. washington, new york, all warm. even raleigh is coming in with those 83-degree temperatures by the time we get to friday. then take a look at the next storm off the west. already strong winds whipping behind the storm but this is one that will deliver more snow to denver and the mountains above it and more severe storms into the middle of the country. we'll watch it, so will you. >> miler temperatures all week until you get to the weekend on the east and then cooler temperatures there. george. >> thank you, sam. >>> coming up, the heroes who ran into the chaos after the bombs went off. they were going to help. what they're saying about why they sprang into action during those harrowing moments. try our delicious new freshly made lunch pizzas on our house-baked pan crust served with soup or salad and made to order. chili's new $6 lunch break combos. more life happens here. with rent2buy from hertz car sales, you skip the lots... and pushy sales people... it's a fast, easy way to buy a used car. three days to try. zero pressure to buy. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better. and that means...fish on! symbicort is for copd including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. it should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort may increase your risk of lung infections, osteoporosis, and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it. with copd, i thought i'd miss our family tradition. now symbicort significantly improves my lung function, starting within 5 minutes. and that makes a difference in my breathing. today, we're ready for whatever swims our way. ask your doctor about symbicort. i got my first prescription free. call or click to learn more. 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adrenaline kicked in and stepped in to do what they could to help. this was the moment when thousands of people instead of running to the finish line began running for their lives. and then there were those who ran straight toward the chaos >> that's what americans do in times of crisis. we come together and we help one another. moments like these, terrible as they are, don't show our weakness. they show our strength. >> reporter: this morning they are being hailed as heroes. carlos and his wife were in the vip section passing out american flags are to u.s. soldiers when the bomb exploded right in front of them. >> my first instinct was to just run across the street and start helping other people. >> reporter: he advantage into sakz stopping the bleeding of a man who lost both legs. he never left his side. >> he's in a little in shock. >> reporter: joe andruzzi who was there in support of his cancer foundation seen here carrying an injured woman to safety and bruce mendelssohn was blocked away from the explosion still because he was knocked out of his seat but then headed toward the scene. >> i was with my brother who had just finished the marathon and i yelled at him to get all the people back away from the windows. there were blood smears on the sidewalk. there were people injured with a lot of grievous lower body injuries. i tried to render what pedicle assistance i could and tried to help the boston pd on the scene. >> reporter: there were stories of bravery. dozens of ambulances lining the trees with the caption "this is what a hero looks like." another man tweeting "my boss' brother was at the boston marathon and said he carried a 5-year-old who lost her legs five blocks to an ambulance, pound, hero." this morning we see for every act of terror heroes emerge. it all comes to down to that natural instinct, that knee-jerk reaction of fight or flight. these heroes are the people who didn't flee. even the first responders they were expecting things like 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[ male announcer ] technology that makes you feel superhuman... where do i sign in? that's powerful. switch to fios and we'll triple your speeds for free with an upgrade to fios quantum. marvel's iron man 3, in theaters may 3rd. >>> good morning, america. this morning, terror at the boston marathon. the two explosions that rocked the finish line, three dead now. at least 140 injured. >> something just blew up. >> shock waves and shrapnel blasting the crowd. >> we're going to need more ambulances here. we need some more ambulances. >> this morning what we know about the victims right now including the children, an 8-year-old and 11-year-old caught in the horror and the harrowing story of the college women's lacrosse team just feet from the finish line. overnight playing out orndz boston. are the clues to the culprit buried in the bomb. we're live on the scene with breaking new details. brand-new video. >> announcer: this is a special edition of "good morning america": terror at the boston marathon" live from times square and boston. >> and good morning, america. from boston. you see those images of those moments right after the two explosions went off four hours into the boston marathon yesterday just a little before 3:00 p.m. two explosions 12 seconds apart sending chaos around the finish line, hundreds of victims injured. three dead so far. it was a day shattered by those bombs today beginning here in boston. the sun was shining. that's how it began yesterday but then those explosions came mile 26 of the boston marathon, a mile mark for the newtown victims, see so much chaos there. >> to see those two explosions about 150 feet apart and to see how many people were caught in between them is to get a sense of how many people were here at the epicenter of the terror. >> josh elliott here along with martha raddatz and brian ross working the story all night long in washington and here in boston trying to piece together everything we know about those moments of terror. >> so here is what we know, three dead including an 8-year-old boy from nearby dorchester, more than 145 injured. 15 of them critically. federal investigators are saying that no one has yet claimed responsibility for these bombings. again, we are here in the center of boston just near the explosion point some three blocks to our left, the main injuries so many for loss of limbs, it was patriots' day, of course, children here in the city and so many of the college students being reminded of the origins and the beginning of the american revolution. it is a regional holiday and certainly a day for all bostonians to celebrate what takes them singular and what has turned yesterday so deadly. >> always to be remembered in a different way. we have brand-new video coming in overnight we want to show -- captures those moments between the two explosions exactly 12 second as part. watch and listen. this is what it felt like if you were caught between the two bombs. >> holy [ muted ]. >> oh, my god. [ screaming ] >> you can see everything shake. right there. 12 seconds apart as you said, josh, about 150 yards, two powerful explosions that sent everyone running. this was the moment, this was the hour where the bulk of the runners in this race, 23,000 in the boston marathon would be crossing the finish line. we want to go to amy robach also in new york. sam is up there, as well. increased police presence in times square this morning too, amy. >> there is. we can see them right out our window and i know you and josh and so many of us parents across the country are struggling with all of these images and all this increased presence around us about what to tell our children this morning about those deadly explosions at the finish line. i was dealing with this last night with my 10-year-old who was sobbing so we'll talk with parents who are sharing with us what they're saying to their kids and also talking to the experts about what the right things to do and say are. josh. >> such an important thing to do, amy. we're going to have a lot more information in just a moment about the youngest victims including, again, that 8-year-old from a neighborhood, dorchester, just a couple of miles from where we sit. martin richard, an innocent lost in the carnage yesterday. the boston marathon, of course, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious races, as george mentions, roughly 23,000 runners participating so many cameras capturing it all and those allow us indeed to piece together the disaster as it happened. the attack appears timed for maximum impact. just before 2:50 p.m., this is the viewpoint seen bring many as the 26,000 marathon runners who are approaching the finish line. the first of the two explosions rocks the sidewalk along the course. white smoke into the air blowing barricades into the street and spewing shrapnel into crowds gathered at the finish. >> we are going to need more ambulances here. we need some more ambulances. >> the moment captured from multiple angle just as the race clock approaches the 4:10 mark. marathon runner bill iffrig is knocked to the ground. 12 seconds later, as many flee the scene -- >> something just blew up. -- a second explosion goes off about 130 yards from the first. less than a block away. >> oh, god. get out of the stands. >> it was very loud. the ground shook. you can feel it going down through you. >> reporter: as the injured lay on the pavement blood staining the ground emergency medical technicians, boston police and some 400 national guardsmen already on hand for the race immediately triaged the wounded. the event's medical tent was transformed into a trauma unit. >> one guy with his legs gone at the knees and some ankles and feet missing, shrapnel wounds on people on the sides of their head. >> reporter: 3:00 p.m. as the president is being briefs reports trickle in of another explosion at jfk's library later deemed unrelated. meanwhile, over 130 victims are being transported to six area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> investigators searching for clues as to who is behind the bombings all night long and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here reporting on it all night. >> there is a killer at large and with no one in custody and no sense that there might be more terror attacks coming, the search for the people behind this is -- could not be more urgent. overnight a tip about possible explosives led federal agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston suburb of revere. agents later told residents there was nothing to worry about but the quick law enforcement enforce underscored the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> the make of the device intended for the device to go off simultaneously and he had absolutely no regard for, you know, women, children, runners, innocent people. >> reporter: fbi agents also went to a local hospital to question a 20-year-old saudi college student who was injured in the blast. but authorities stressed he is not considered a suspect. >> there are people that we are talking to but there is no suspect at brigham and women's hospital. >> reporter: so far the videos of the blast are providing some of the most important clues. authorities say the white smoke seen after the detonation indicates small bombs with a simple low velocity explosive mixture, not military grade. >> i literally saw the garbage barrel explode and saw the flash, the fire, the smoke and ran as fast as i could. >> reporter: experts say the large pieces of metal as seen in the air suggest the bombs might have been concealed in a mailbox or trash barrel. >> nothing worse than knowing that you have a depraved indifferent killer out there and forget his motivation, whether it was political or social, or just a psychopathic criminal, he has to be caught and caught immediately. >> so the search is urgent but at this point authorities say they do not know enough to rule in or rule out either domestic or international terrorism. >> brian, thanks. here with martha raddatz. can't rule anything in or out right now, martha, as brian said but doesn't seem to have the hallmark or clues that we normally associate with al qaeda. >> it doesn't. no one is claiming responsibility. they weren't enormous bombs but they are both like bombings in iraq and in afghanistan. those smaller bombs, and plus the 12 seconds apart. the two many bos, that's really a hallmark of somebody who knows what they're doing and they want to elicit maximum terror. think about the word terror with people here, innocence in their shorts and t-shirts and when i flew in last night, i was looking over the city and i thought, somewhere in that city is someone who just did a horrible, horrible thing. >> for you coming in last night, i was coming home while you reported from boston for many years, you know what this day, patriots' day means to the city. >> it is just the most wonderful coming together in this city. you know, this is a big city, but it really is a small town and i am already hearing terrible stories of people who have a friend of a friend who lost a leg. everybody, everybody in this town is going to be affected by this. the marathon will never be the same. the runners will never forget. the boston marathon which for so many years we gathered at the finish line and gathered along the route it will have a different meaning going forward. you've also got a town here dealing with amputation. i mean we've been at war for over ten years. i see these national guardsmen going downstairs and i talked to a couple of guys this morning, they've been in iraq and afghanistan but for them to see innocent victims like this who can't fight back blown up is really heartbreaking for everyone. >> that trauma will linger for a long time. josh. >> we'll bring back abc's linsey davis who has the story of one of the youngest victims here, an 8-year-old from a neighborhood just a few miles from here. >> josh, i saw an article today that started very simply with he has a name. and it is martin richard. he is the 8-year-old who lost his life yesterday after apparently just going to the finish line. his dad had apparently just finished running the race and gives his dad a hug. his dad then walks off. he joins his mother and younger sister on the sidewalk. the explosion happens. his mom is seriously injured. she is now in the hospital. his little sister apparently losing her leg. a third sibling is apparently uninjured but can you just imagine this morning the horror of this family? it just makes you want to hold your loved ones closer. >> hug them up, tell them you love them and still at times that's not enough. it is such a moment. it's such a moment of innocence lost here. thank you for that. martin richard from dorchester. george? >> let's bring in dr. dave king on the phone. he ran the marathon himself finishing out before the blast. also a trauma surgeon at mass general personally doing surgery on the victims rushed to the er all night long. thanks for joining us. tell us more about the scene at mass general last night. >> thanks for having me, george. i can tell you that the scene at the hospital was a degree of controlled chaos. between all of the subspecialties involved, the emergency department, our trauma team, the operating room and the intensive care unit, our entire team rallied very quickly. we were able to get all the critical patients into the operating room within minutes. largely saving everyone. these operations, though, are generally staged meaning we do them in small pieces instead of one big operation at once so today we're back in the operating room with many of these casualties and will likely be back in the operating room with them over the next several days. >> and many of these victims dealing with injuries to their lower limb, some amputations, as well and as you point out it takes a series of surgeries to deal with this kind of trauma. >> that's right. well, the two primary types of injuries we're seeing are similar to the kinds of injuries that i saw in iraq and afghanistan as they -- i was a combat surgeon and that is multiple fragmentation to the torso and limbs and lower extremity blast injuries, these are the dominant injuries we're seeing. >> and we have seen some reports that maybe the bomb had been packed with ball bearings. did you have any evidence of that? >> i don't want to comment directly on what foreign bodies that we have recovered from the victims, but, yes, there were multiple fragments packed around the bombs, some metal and i just don't want to elaborate on exactly what types of metal were involved. i'll leave that for the investigators to sort out and brief you. >> and as you said you'll be going back into the emergency room today. you think that you'll be able to save most of the injured? >> back to the operating room today with many of the casualties so far at or all the ten critically injured we have on our trauma team, we have no deaths and we hope to keep it that way. >> okay, dr. dave king, thank you for calling in. thank you for all your work. back up to new york. right now times square on high alert with an increased presence right now and sam has the weather. sam. >> good morning, george. we'll begin with just a little detail out of oklahoma. several rapid shakes and quakes out in that direction. most of them in the 2 to 3 rank, a tremor but 4.3 outside of oklahoma city northeast call it luther in that area from very early this morning and talked to the authorities that does not seem to be any injuries or damage from there. 101 in laredo. dallas, 87 today. pay attention to this because the next graphic we show is this rapid shot of cold air that comes through. the east gets warmer air and tays that way for several days then watch this drop 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among the parents conflicted maude sax, mother of 6-year-old lydia. >> what i want to do is cry and hold her close and never let her go. >> reporter: mom erin roy knows the feeling. >> i want my daughter to have a childhood. >> reporter: she wonders what to say to her daughter who is 6 but acts years older. >> i think she's very aware and sensitive and asks amazing questions. >> reporter: in los angeles we spoke with several parents trying to make sense of it all. >> it's difficult. depending on their age. >> you don't want to scare them but be aware. >> we explain the best we can? >> dr. jamie howell says the boston terror attack is something parents should be talking about to kids of all ages. >> kidding are getting information really quick these days so it might not be that another 5-year-old have seen it on older kids are talking about. >> among howell's tips, try to be calm and direct even if you told a little bit scared yourself. some sadness, anxiety, even nightmares is normal in children after a national tragedy and don't let teenagers fool you. >> you want to be for them to correct any misinformation. >> maude hasn't told her daughter about the explosions yet. she's still deciding what to say. >> it's the worst thing in the world to tell this small being that somebody has killed somebody else. >> as for erin she made the difficult decision to talk with aasha last night. her reaction -- >> we lit candles for everyone we appreciate. >> what i hope is that by taupging about these things with her, we have a base, you know, we have a foundation. >> and for more now we are joined by psychiatrist dr. janet taylor and dr. sebastian scheuble here in new york and, you know, so many of us are dealing with this last night. i was up fairly late with my 10-year-old. she was sobbing. she said, why does this keep happening, first there was the movie theater shooldings then there were the school shootings and now this. what do you say to your kids? >> it's very difficult and first thing is check in with your own emotion. whatever you're feeling your kids are feeling, as well. have a direct, controlled conversation and have them re-establish their sense of control. you can explain there are bad people in the world but there are good people so let's focus on the good that's in our house right now. if you have questions, you can ask them to ask you questions, answer them honestly. if you don't know the answer, find the information and do something that is helping people like the little girl in the video lit a candle. they can write a letter. >> what about the images on tv and internet? should you shield them? >> you have to monitor screen time and that's computers and tvs and phones understanding your kids have probably seen it before you do but you can re-establish the boundaries about what they're watching. >> what i did was focus on the heroes and there are so many good people in this world. talk about what those heroes, the doctors, nurses in the hospital and on the scene to treat these traumatic horrifying injuries. >> the first responders in boston did an incredible job. you can see how quickly they spun out the health care system. you have seven hospitals absorbing an ee norm amount of patients. the communication required, even the people on the street, first responders not necessarily professionals clearly saved lives and having that in place and telling them that is something that exists that can be accessed and the health care system can work for you will provide assurance. >> hearing the word amputation sent my daughter into a -- that was almost worse than hearing death. >> you're hearing difficult words to deal with and images floating all over the internet. th they're incredibly graphic. they'll require lots of attention and surgery but we will get them through. you heard that from the massachusetts general hospital. he has ten critical patients and will last every last one of them. >> talk to your kids and explain what they're seeing. >> one hallmark of terrorism and a terrorist act is psychological and meant to get you off your game. walk with your kids to school but don't change thwhat you're doing. >>> coming up witnesses to the horror at the boston marathon. the runner just steps from finishing. we'll be right back. here are a few of the top stories, one of the victims in the hit and run crash in arundel died. 15-year-old skyler, was one of the two hit while walking on mountain road. a 13-year-old girl survived and being treated. police are searching for a dark colored ford expedition with damage to the passenger side. >>> michelle obama is planning a visit the naval academy tomorrow before attending a bill signing. martin o'malley will sign the employment act of 2014. >>> annapolis, we are dealing with plenty of sunshine now, across the severn river. looking good. clouds throughout the day. temperature wise, wow, 57 degrees already, we will take that, temperatures will soar in to the afternoon. 72 degrees in to 3:00, 4:00, we have the chance for unsettled weather to continue as we head towards friday. heavy delays 83. southbound travel will be slowed down to 695. here is the west side of the beltway, a crash on the inner loop at 70. another on the outer loop shoulder 795. delays in both directions, extra 7 minutes to travel from 759 to the accident scene. more problems on the southwest corner of 9, a crab southbound, northbound near the bellway, slow getting in to the city. a can of del monte green beans? ♪ ♪ ♪ grown in america. picked and packed at the peak of ripeness. the same essential nutrients as fresh. del monte. bursting with life. >>> good morning, america, from boston. you see shortly before 3:00 p.m. the two explosions near the finish line of the boston marathon and there is the scene this morning. aerial photos from wcvb-tv of copley plaza, a much calmer morning here in boston, but still a city in shock and so much of america waking up to a different reality this morning. high alert here in boston. high alert in new york city, high alert in countries all across -- in cities all across america after those two explosions which created so much havoc in boston yesterday. >> stretching around the globe, george. so many people here in this country acknowledging the tragedy including last night on late night television. comedians and intertakeners all over the country starting their night with a very different kind of note on monday. these comedians, these entertainers paying their respects. take a look. >> boston is my hometown. it's where i grew up. it's where my family lives. so i wanted to take a moment to say that like everybody here my thoughts and prayers are with the people of boston and everybody who's been affected by this absolutely senseless act. >> now, before we officially begin the show we just want to take a moment, our thoughts are with everyone in boston tonight. i have family members and many friends there. my heart is with you. >> i want to dedicate this dance to everybody in boston, honestly this is a difficult show to be part of right now and i just hope we're doing something special for everybody. >> everybody thinking about boston today after that explosion and, of course, as we talked about so many of the cities in the country on high alert including new york city. amy is up in times square right now. >> good morning, guys. it's been nearly 12 years since september 11th and since then u.s. officials have foiled a number of attempted attacks on american soil. now, monday's bombings has set the entire nation on edge and put us all once again on high alert especially here in times square. we can hear it. abc's dan harris joins us with the very latest on that. >> good morning, amy. hard to miss the signs of increased security here in new york on the streets behind us, down in the subways. after nooib there was all this talk about a new normal. this morning, questions about whether these attacks in boston will create yet another new normal. from the moment those bombs went off america's sense of security was once again shattered. overnight large public events canceled including tonight's boston celtics game. security has been heightened from los angeles at the airport and the dodgers game to washington, d.c. where the secret service shut down pennsylvania avenue which runs by the white house to las vegas to nuclear power plants across the country to new york city where the nypd mounted a conspicuous show of force throughout the city. >> makes you think back to the time about 12 years ago in new york for 9/11 and you kind of revisit some of those feelings again, of course. >> you'll have heightened security in particular around the united states at any place where there are large numbers of people like airports, sporting events, special events. you'll see more presence of law enforcement and you'll see more bags searched and probably more bomb-sniffing dogs at these locations. >> reporter: american families are waking up this morning worried about something like what happened in boston could happen in their town. just as after newtown, parents wanting to know are their kids safe and should they attend public events. after 9/11, america acclimated to a quote unnote new normal one is still with us in the form of all that security at the airports but will the boston bombings bring main personal crackdowns and security measures? super bowl-sized protection for every sporting event in the country? could america be moving in the direction of, say, israel? >> it's not realistic to lock down the united states. this is a large country. we freedom to move at a number of locations. we have every day a large number of big ee vicinities whether they be sporting events or something else. and so as a result, i think you will see heightened security. >> so maybe, maybe no major, personal changes in this country, but for now at least definitely increased vigilance and not just here in the united states, also overseas. in london right now this morning, in fact, they are reassessing their security plans for the london marathon, one of the biggest in the world taking a look at how to keep the runners safe and heard some of them will be wearing green ribbons in honor of the victims in boston. >> that is beautiful. you can see with the sirens. everyone is on edge. perhaps a good thing we're all more on alert. george, back to you in boston. >> okay, amy, i'm here now with demi clark who ran the boston marathon yesterday just step as way from the explosion when it happened. you had just crossed the finish line when you heard the explosion. >> i was right about to cross the finish, question. >> what did you hear? what did you see? >> i heard a tremendous cannon-like sound to my left and thought immediately it's that part of the race and saw an official facing the direction of the blast that kind of horrified look on his face and knew immediately it wasn't normal then looked to my left and saw all the carnage and then the connect blast went off. >> you had friends and family. >> my 9 and 7-year-old daughter and husband were in the bleachers. >> and the bleachers and could they feel the explosion? >> absolutely. they saw it. they saw me and they could feel everything. it just rocked that entire remember ya. >> tell us more about that moment. must have been so disorienting at the end of a marathon which is hard enough but to see chaos around you. >> it was terrifying, helpless feeling. seeing bloody people, bodies, people up against the fence and first responders running over and so many just disoriented people. what do you do? how do you react? how do you respond? it was just terrifying? >> how did you find your family. >> i saw them in the stands. my husband is 6'4" and 240 and had one child under each arm and sighted him and had an official holding me back. the baa was trying to get runners to keep going forward and i said, no, i'm going to find my family and they let me go and my children were in tears and we just tried to get to safety at that point. >> so terrifying and you're seeing bodies all around you. what kind of injuries did you see? >> horrific injuries. a lot of head wounds and just cuts and scars and saw people that were down on the ground and a lot of the runners to my left who i was just running with were down and just awar zone. it was what i would think that a war zone would look like. >> couldn't imagine that would never happen. >> never, never in a marathon. never. >> thanks so much for talking. hope you and your family are okay. back to sam with the latest. >> keeping our eye on the earthquake zone on the iran and pakistan border. earlier a 7.8 earthquake in that zone even from iranian tv already early reports of 40 dead. this quake was powerful enough and deep, deep, about nine miles deep but powerful enough to be felt in buildings in new delhi and skyscrapers in new delhi and bahrain. abilene, you're also involved in this. san angelo but all the what i to cincinnati, a long, powerful line of thunderstorms behind that. snowmaker behind that and cold air in the country yet again this week. we haven't settled t >> and that's a look at the weather from times square here in new york. now let's go to boston and josh. >> all right, sam. thanks. members of the tufts university women's lacrosse team were, in fact, right at the finish line. a shot you see from the wcvb-tv helicopter over copley blase have cheering on their fellow students who were in the race, three members injured in the bombings and the chaos afterwards and want to welcome them. it's worth pointing out yesterday patriots' day. this is a college town at its heart. so many college students look forward to this day, a day to spend to revel with your friends so tell us about the first moments again when that bomb exploded as you were watching charlotte cross the finish line. >> well, we were all watching and cheering on. we have a whole marathon team then the first one went off and i remember just we all turned to her and asked what happened and then the second one went off and we all screamed to run and i've never run so fast in my life. >> what did you see when you looked down? >> well, when i looked down the street at the first one i discuss saw a lot of debris and then i heard the second one and just turned. >> now, we did mention there were three of your teammates that were injured. they were released from area hospitals last night. what can you tell us about their condition. >> they're all safe right now, sea and sound with their families and doing well so that's all we really care about right now. we're happy they're safe. >> charlotte, you were running. you -- what did you know when the first explosion rocked the finish line? >> yeah, i was running to cheer on my friend for the last six miles of the race and just fini crossed the finish line and thought they were fireworks or cannons at first and turned around and didn't see anything and the second one went off and turned and started sprinted. when i got to a more safe location i turned around and videotaped and took pictures. i guess then police were escorting us to keep moving. >> we've heard horrific things about the injuries suffered. so many lower limb injuries, shrapnel injuries. were any of you struck by the bomb or the glass that had shattered? >> we permanently weren't. we were all kind of thrown to the ground and in the chaos like everybody just kind -- it was like a stampede. >> yeah. i fell into like a barrier from a restaurant but i mean i was just so scared that i just got right back up and kempt running. >> carrie, what did it sound like? >> it was just a very loud vibration. you could almost feel the -- i'm not even sure how to explain it but you felt the bomb go off and it was massive chaos, bleeding and everyone was screaming and running. >> serene holiday here looked forward to everybody here in new england. shattered yesterday, again, charlotte, carrie, carrie and erin, we appreciate your time. >>> the role that social media played. how many so many learned about the explosion and lifeline in for people searching for their loved ones. the impact when we return. geico and we could help youo save on boat and motorcycle insurance too. other insurance companies are green with envy. oh, no, no, no...i'm sorry, but this is all wrong? 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[inhales] well, have a good one. you're a nice lady. >>> welcome back. for people trying to find out the status of their friends and their family during the boston marathon explosions, social media was a lifeline. survivors had more ways than ever to get the word out athey were alive and okay. abc's bianna golodryga has more on the outpouring of news across social media during a time of crisis. it was very uniting. >> so many people turning to their smartphones as this was taking place. the bombings were documented almost instantly by horrified spectators never imagining they would become mod-dern reporters. millions responding on twitter, facebook and instagram from celebrities to young schoolchildren. the bombings in boston are unique not just for their stunning intrusion into an american tradition, but because in a matter of seconds they became the first u.s. terrorist attacks of the social media generation. >> my friends finished after me, so the explosion happened right before they finished. they're all safe. i learned from facebook. the power of social media. >> reporter: some of the earliest reports that something had happened monday afternoon came directly from tweets along the race course. in the immediate aftermath of the first explosion. >> the news spread on social media en5 people started to see something is going on and in that second step is really the bigger picture. >> reporter: within moments still images, texts, even short video clips began rocketing across tablets and mobile phones making their way into news coverage. >> it was very loud. the ground shook. >> reporter: at times the images captured and distributed in realtime were shocking and brutal leaving some on line to express their discomfort. >> but the pic showing blood on the sauk is horrific. saw a pic of a boston street covered in bloods. no words tweeted another. >> something different here, we had these images, and they were really graphic on facebook in particular. you really couldn't close out of those. >> but just as the events unfolded on social media so did a grassroots response. with those living nearby offering an online document to house runners evacuated from their hotel to google which launched a person finder service to help reunite lost friends and family members. still despite all the technology involved, perhaps the greatest power of social media monday was the ability to remind everyone of what really matters. two of boston's most famous natives. ben affleck and mark wahlberg posted. such a senseless and tragic day. my family and i send our love to our beloved and resill boston" and mark "thoughts and prayers with my hometown boston." >> who would have thought and the power of social media brought us together and kept us connected. >> thank you, bianna. we appreciate it. >>> coming up more from boston. we will talk to the eyewitnesses just ten feet from the explosion right at the finish line. >>> and we are back here in boston, i am here with david able, "the boston globe." thank you for joining us. you were right on the finish line at the moment the first blast went off. tell us about what you saw in that's correct. so i was there taking video as runners were coming in when i felt the ground shake and i heard a massive boom and i saw a large plume of smoke. took me a while to figure out exactly what was happening. >> any sense of what it could be? >> you know, a lot of people have asked me this question at this point. first the normal thing filtered through your mind was it a gas explosion? was it a malfunctioning piece of equipment? was it celebratory gunfire for the incoming runners in jubilation but as soon as the smoke cleared and there was another blast we knew what happened. >> you saw the injured on the ground immediately. >> yeah, pretty much immediately as soon as i got to my seat and the smoke cleared, the carnage became visible and it was the most horrific thing i have seen. >> what was it like? >> so it's a pretty congested place. less a viewing stand, media stand sort of over the finish line. i was actually standing on the finish line as scores of runners were coming in every minute on both sides there are spectators and whoever planted it did it deliberately because they knew how to maximize casualties because invariably someone who has run three boston marathons, running on to boylston street i have a compared to hitting a home run at fenway park. there's a deafening roar and there are ten people deep as spectators so where these bombs were planted were where the most people would be. >> where all the friends and family come to greet the marathoners and seemed like you would have the highest volume of runners crossing the finish line. >> yeah, about the four-hour mark, and that's probably when most of the runners for charity come in, so, yeah, there was a substantial number of runners at the glim too one of the things remarkable about this, you can see some of that on the video. the emergency responders sprang into action so quickly. >> so if there's anything you can say that's heartening from this experience was, you know, in the moments after the chaos and the second bomb exploded, we saw police officers, marathon volunteers, spectators, strangers helping strangers ripping down metal barricades and carrying people with the worst possible injuries by hand to the medical tent which was about 50 feet away. >> and that made a real difference. thanks very much. we'll be right back. >>> and that is all for us from boston right now. we're going to be reporting all through the day. you can catch all the updates all day long on abcnews.com and thank amy and sam in new york and a full wrap-up on "world news with diane sawyer." good morning from a shocked city of boston. >> get out. ♪ >> we need help. [ sirens ] >> it was horrible. it was just traumatizing. [ crying ] >> i was terrified. absolutely terrified. i was just waiting for daddy to come back, right? good tuesday morning. here are the top stories. charges in the crash that killed city hall worker matthew her shell. johnson faces manslaughter by automobile and homicide by motor vehicle wh
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clues as to who might be behind the bombings. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross has been tracking the all night long opinion. >> reporter: there could not be more urgency to the discovery of who is behind this attack. hundreds of police and federal agents assigned. federal agents searched an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston sub you are of revere. agents told residents later there was nothing to worry about. the quick response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> i encourage everyone to have a heightened state of vigilance here in the boston area. >> reporter: fbi agents went to a local hospital to question a 20-year-old saudi college student injured in the blast. authorities stressed he's not considered a suspect. >> there are people we're talking to. there is no suspect at brigham and women's hospital. >> reporter: so far, the videos are providing important clues. the white smoke indicates small bombs with a simple, low-velocity explosive mixture. still sophisticated e
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. as well as the investigation on who killed them. and for that, abc's brian ross joins us. brian, what do they know? >> good evening, terry. right now, this is an investigation with great urgency because whoever did it is still at large and it's not known whether more attacks are planned. today there was a great breakthrough. according to the fbi, they have recovered the partial mangled remains of one of the bombs that did not fully explode. it turns out it's made out of common kitchen items, a pressure cooker. this exact model that we bought for $140 tonight about a half mile from here. but at a bomb it was palled with wires, electronic circuit board, tiny ball bearings and nails. all designed to maim and kill and get maximum damage to its victims. this is what remains of the pressure cooker turned into a moment made bomb. seen in this fbi crime lab photo obtained by abc news. it was hidden in a black backpack. what's left of it seen in this photo. the simple bombs were responsible for 12 seconds of horror. cell phone footage shot by a spectator between the two explosions. >> i
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full force. we start with chief investigative correspondent brian ross, who has been on this story from the jump. he has a ploe-by-blow account of how the arrest went down. >> reporter: the capture was dramatic and quick. authorities said they brought justice to the victims of the marathon bombings and turned despair into delight. >> we are internally gre e tern the outcome. >> reporter: just 25 minutes after the lockdown was lifted, a water town resident went out to walk his dog and noticed blood on the side of his boat. >> he looked in and saw man covered in blood. he retreated and called us. >> reporter: police and the fbi roared back into town. a helicopter with infrared sensors detected movement in the boat. >> we're getting information from the aircraft that there is definite movement in the rear of that boat. >> reporter: 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev had eluded the manhunt until then. >> he is moving. we have movement in the boat. he just sat up. >> reporter: they exchanged fire. >> the hostage rescue team of the fbi made entry into the boat and removed the suspect. >> repo
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Apr 23, 2013 4:00pm PDT
correspondent brian ross on what might have motivated the brothers into the bombing in boston. >> as to inspiration authorities say stoke car said they were following preachings of an american born jihadist. >> it appears to the older brother was particularly influenced. >> despite his family ties and trips to checney. >> the americans were can i go muslims through its wars in afghanistan and iraq. cenk: mark thompson in the house. host of the edge. he's won several emmys from what i hear. noah and leslie rice from the nation. it's a great panel. great to have you all here. mark, let me start with the ricin attack. prejudging people and declare them guilty. >> what authorities did in boston was an amazing bit of sleuthing done there, but clearly the rush to judgment reminds me of the richard jewell case. it's so reminiscent of it, although jewel lived a greater longer nightmare. cenk: on a different count they went into his house. they searched everything he had. there's like there is no traces of ricin. you would have traces to put them together. the guy's bipolar, used to be a janitor
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Apr 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
with abc's brian ross who is in boston tonight. brian? >> reporter: no one is in custody, but there are new fast-moving developments and valuable new clues about the bomb and the bomber. investigators at the crime scene have already recovered the mangled remains of one pressure cooker bomb which apparently failed to fully explode, according to counterterrorism officials briefed on the case. late today the fbi said it's looking for a man carrying an unusually heavy black bag. >> the bag would have been heavy because of the components believed to be in it. >> reporter: the fbi has lots of
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Apr 22, 2013 3:00am PDT
investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: officials say the evidence against tsarnaev in the bombings is overwhelming. authorities say this photo shows him in the white cap about to place his bomb near 8-year-old martin richard who was killed and his 7-year-old sister jane who was seriously injured. also nearby the two norton brothers each of whom lost a leg in the blast. >> there is no explaining the savagery involved here. there is no explanation for it. >> reporter: it has been two full days since tsarnaev was captured from his hiding place in the boat as seen in the newly released thermal images. >> it is questionable when and whether he will be able to talk again. doesn't mean he can't communicate. >> reporter: the wider investigation into motive now centers on the dead brother, 26-year-old tamerlan who recently had begun to link to jihadist video brother and from what happened on marathonay. >> reporter: tamerlan tsarnaev was a changed man and linked to the videos after a six month trip last year to russia and chechnya. chechen rebel groups known for their fierce attacks on russ
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Apr 25, 2013 9:00pm PDT
square next. brian ross takes you inside the interrogation that revealed this new information. >> the decision to target the new york and times square was spur of the moment. that's what the new york mayor says surviving brother revealed to the fbi. >> he told the fbi apparently that he and his brother had intended to drive to new york and designate additional explosives in times square. >>reporter: but new york was spared officials say at the moment the 2 accused bomb hers to stop for gas in the car they had hijacked in cambridge. the younger brother, 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev went inside for snack. >> driver used the opportunity to escape and call the police. that eventually led to the shoot out in water town. >>reporter: that shoot out captured the still photo involved violent gunfight and authorities said the 2 brother his at least 6 bombs including another pressure cooker device seen here just some of what might have been used in times square. >> we don't know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from boston. we just thankful that we didn't
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Apr 19, 2013 4:00am PDT
begin with chief investigative correspondent brian ross on the ground all through the night in watertown, brian, a night of gunfire, a night of bombs and now door-to-door search for that dangerous terrorist. >> reporter: that's right, george and dangerous is the word. the fbi described him yesterday as armed and extremely dangerous, those words are certainly true. residents of this town have been told they may not leave their homes. they cannot go in cars, all stores have been shut. this town is shut down as a terrorist is somewhere in the vicinity. it began with the robbery of a convenience store in cambridge, around 10:30 thursday night. a surveillance camera inside the store captured the image that masked the man identified only five hours earlier as suspect number two in the maratho bombin a short while later on the campus of m.i.t. in cambrie, shoot-ou left an m.i.t. police officer dead. next the two men caredck a merced su and led police on a wild, violent chase through the streets of cambridge into neighboring watertown. >> we have reports that they have explosives here
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Apr 18, 2013 12:35am PDT
the killer. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: the federal courthouse in boston where any suspect would likely stand trial was evacuated late in the day because of a bomb threat that understandably was taken very seriously. >> what are they telling you? >> code red, evacuate the building. >> code red, evacuate the building. >> reporter: no bomb was found, it was only two days ago that terror and strategy struck boston at the finish line of its storied patriots day marathon. it set off a frantic search to find the killer or killers with an entirely new set of methods at the disposal of investigators who are now looking for the person or persons responsible. >> everyone does have a digital profile that offers you a couple of opportunities. the first opportunity it offers you is to try to find the right people to look at. if someone's talking about an act of violence, that somebody obviously should come into the investigative lens. >> reporter: authorities say the fbi is focused on photographs, including some taken by a surveillance camera at th
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Apr 30, 2013 6:30pm EDT
brother to pull off that attack. abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, has the latest details and the new clues. >> reporter: u.s. authorities now believe a turning point for tamerlan tsarnaev came last year in the russian republic of dagestan, at this mosque known to be a gathering spot for extremists. russian security services have told their american counterparts the boston resident was seen meeting and leaving from the mosque with a known chechen terror recruiter, mansur nidal, who was killed in a stand-off with authorities while tsarnaev was in dagestan. the chechen insurgency is part of a larger violent group that has used a reign of terror in its efforts to impose islamic law and values across portions of russia. who moved to dagestan earlier and became part of the chechen terror group. plotnikov was killed by russian authorities in july of last year. tsarnaev last the country two days later for boston. russian authorities asked the u.s. to investigate tsarnaev two years ago, but did not provide specific new details until after the marathon attack. president oba
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Apr 26, 2013 1:40am PDT
boston this weekend to claim the body of one son and do what he can to help the other. brian ross, abc news, new york. >>> one of the most inspiring survivor stories from the boston marathon bombings is that of heather abbott, the rhode island native is all smiles explaining that she chose to have part of her left leg and her foot amputated. her foot was shattered by one of the bombs as she waited with friends to go into a bar. she says her spirit is intact, adding she is grateful to the stranger who rescued her. >> holding a woman whose, nearly lost her leg and is losing an incredible amount of blood. >> although it is something that i certainly wouldn't wish upon myself or anyone else. it is really not as bad as i c. >> doctors told abbott her foot would never have healed properly. she says she is looking forward to wearing heels again some time soon. >>> investigators have yet to poinpoint what caused last week's deadly explosion at the fertilizer plant in the town of west, texas. sources tell abc news it was ammonia nitrate stored at the plant that produced such a powerful explosio
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Apr 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
attack. brian ross is right here tonight. >>> chemical weapons. this evening has syria crossed that line? the stunning new intelligence. what now from the white house? martha raddatz reports. >>> hail to the chief. five american presidents, five first ladies. an emotional george w. bush at his new library. and bill clinton on mr. bush's paintings. >> those bathroom sketches were wonderful -- [ laughter ] >> and tonight diane sawyer and laura bush behind the scenes. the moment that changed it all. >>> and subway surprise. the famous singer about to stun those passengers walking through that door with a performance. you're about to see it too. ♪
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Apr 26, 2013 12:35am PDT
, brian ross uncovers the alleged deadly plan gone awry mere hours before detonation. >> juju, what the new york mayor and police commissioner said thursday, dmork just missed being attacked by the accused boston bombers they arnt payly sought to maim and kill again. >> the fact is is new york city remains a prime target for those who hate america and want to kill americans. >> and no target seems more attractive than times square. the surviving brother told the fbi he and his holder brother made the decision to head here one week ago tonight. to carry off a second attack at this crowded cross roads. >> the boston marathon bombers planned to travel to manhattan to detonate their remaining bombs in sometimes square. >> investigators say it was a spur of the moment decision by the brother ps. >> they discussed this while driving around in the suv that they hijacked after they shot and killed an mit police officer in cambridge. >> but new york was spared, officials say, when the two bombers had to stop for gas in the hijacked car and the younger brother, 19-year-old dzhokhar tar nevada wen
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Apr 19, 2013 4:30am PDT
correspondent brian ross for more on that. brian. >> reporter: well, george, they've imposed a no-fly zone over watertown, several thousand police, i would say, have been here going door to door trying to find this suspect. so far without success. we expect the governor, he's just pulled up over here with heavily armed police surrounding him, as well and, in fact, before they set this up, they had dogs come through they said for our safety to make sure that we'd be safe. they continue to feel that this suspect, number two, may not be the only one they're looking for, so they're very concerned there could be other devices and other associates that are attached to this group that hit the boston marathon on monday and then, of course, the wild and violent overnight >> let's get more on this from pierre thomas in washington. pierre, as you've been reporting, brothers from chechnya, at least the two suspects we know of. >> reporter: that's the operating assumption right now, george, and just to piggyback on what briasan w saying, the situation right now, you're going to have that entire region
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Apr 20, 2013 5:30pm PDT
correspondent, brian ross. he's outside the hospital. brian? >> reporter: good evening. the headlines say the nightmare in boston is over. that's hardly the case for the investigation as the fbi now seeks the motive of the accused suspect and his dead brother. whether they were in league with others here or overseas. as police and federal agents closed in on the accused bomber last night, with a helicopter beaming back these remarkable thermal images of him hiding in a boat. >> we have movement in the boat. he just sat up. he is moving, and flailing about, quite a bit of movement. >> reporter: the orders went out to do everything to capture 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev alive. even after exchange of gunfire. >> all units, do not return fire. >> reporter: from the white house down, the priority now is to learn the motives of the two brothers who authorities say are responsible for the successful terror attack on the boston marathon. >> we will determine what happened. we will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. >> reporter: tsarnaev was taken to t
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Apr 16, 2013 6:30pm EDT
ross who is no boston tonight. brian? >> reporter: no one is in custody, but there are new developments about the bomb and the bomber. vffingsors at the crime scene have already recovered the remains of one pressure cooker bomb which failed to fully explode. according to officials briefed on the case. late today the fbi said it's looking for a man carrying an unusually heavy black bag. >> the bag would have been heavy because of the components believed to be in it. >> reporter: the fbi has losts of clues already. the white smoke indicates a bomb built with low velocity mixture turs, not military grade. >> they may not have had the resources as we've seen in other bomb attacks, but they knew how to make the bomb go boom. >> reporter: experts say the large pieces of metal, as seen here in the air suggest the bombs might have been concealed in or under a mailbox or trash barrel, as one witness described. >> i literally saw the garbage barrel explode. i saw at the flash, the fire, the smoke and i ran as fast as i could. >> all the evidence they collected might not look like muc
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Apr 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
believe happened? let's begin with abc's brian ross, with the latest right now. brian? >> good evening. there are important new clues into the bomb and the bomber. but the road begins with an examination of that bomb. important new details have emerged from fbi agents who say they have recovered a significant part, a mangled piece of one of the bombs, recovered on the scene. it turns out to be a common kitchen item. they say it is a medium-sized pressure cooker that was packed with explosives, wires, and an electronic circuit board, as well as tiny nails and ball bearings, in order to maximize the damage to anyone in the blast zone. authorities believe they can examine that particular half bomb now. they've got it at the base in virginia, where it's being examined by fbi technicians. they believe they can find signatures and footprints that would be unique to that bomb and perhaps match it up to other bombs somewhere else in the world, somewhere else in this country. that will be the road to finding the bomber. the fbi put out a plea to anyone who saw a person carrying an unusually hea
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Apr 18, 2013 5:30pm PDT
and help. abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, will take us frame by frame through the clues. brian? >> reporter: good evening. federal authorities now believe that a team of at least two men was responsible for the bombings here. as you say, described as armed and extremely dangerous. the fbi is basing its two-bomber theory on these surveillance camera videos and still pictures made public late today. two white men in their 20s, according to the fbi. one with a black cap, the second with a white cap worn backwards. both wearing backpacks that the fbi believe held the bombs. off to the side of this video, runners can be seen heading to the finish line and time code markers indicate the footage was made about 13 minutes before the first bomb went off. the fbi says only one of the two potential suspects, the one with the white cap, was actually seen placing his backpack at the scene of an explosion. >> we are releasing photos of these two suspects. re identift o. they appear to be associated. >> reporter: officials say they made the images public now becae they nd the
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Apr 30, 2013 2:35am EDT
criminals from the death penalty. brian ross has the latest on the investigation. >> give me a kiss. >> reporter: only a few months ago that dzhokhar tsarnaev posted hithis video on line. the 19-year-old is outside boston confined by himself to a tiny cell. a taste of what awaits him if convicted of the marathon bombings. he doesn't have a life. period. his total existence is going to be locked down. >> reporter: meantime, fbi agents are widening their net and looking for possible accomplices of the two brothers in the bombing. >> some may have been involved in helping build the bonds. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: fbi agents press catherine russell, the widow of elder brother tamerlan about her knowledge of her husband's activities. agents left her house carrying evidence bags. and she was seen leaving with her attorneys who said she did not know about the bomb plot. [ explosion ] and the investigative threats continue to stretch into russia. at the same time, tamerlan traveled there last year, two key young leaders of a violent isla
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Apr 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
thousands of images from the scene, brian ross leads our coverage from boston. good morning, brian. >> reporter: good morning. there's a growing sense of confidence here this morning based on the fbi discovery of a video that appears to catch the moment when a man placed a bag with one of the bombs. officials tell abc news that the best view of the possible suspect comes from a high definition camera at the lord and taylor department store. these shots broadcast by whdh before and then after the blast also played a key role according to authorities. officials so far have declined to make public any image of the man they now suspect. much of the review of the evidence is being done by a special team of agents who have set up in a restricted area near the boston harbor, the so called operational technology division. this is where the evidence is brought for examination and where agents can use special facial recognition software to turn faces into names. >> there is software that allows for facial recognition, even at a distance. it's not 100%, but even a 70 or 80% correlation would
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Apr 9, 2013 1:40am PDT
brian ross. >> reporter: at one school in massachusetts, students get what is called skin shock therapy. in kentucky, a mother found her autistic 8-year-old son had been stuffed in a therapeutic duffel bag like this one. and across the country, abc news found school children as young as 7 put in padded rooms or cells, specially made for children said to be out of control in class. regarded as barbaric by some educators, but legal in most states. >> it's scary. really scary. even for the bravest person in the world, it's still really scary. >> reporter: when leslie nowes of arizona discovered her second grade son in this padded cell without her consent, she made a secret cell phone video and launched a public campaign to stop their use. >> it breaks my heart. it really does. that's what caused me to want to fight this fight. >> reporter: last week success as the arizona legislature passed a law restricting the use of the padded cells without parental consent. the governor of arizona signed the law saying, there must be a better way. despite repeated efforts there is still no federal law
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Apr 24, 2013 1:40am PDT
brian ross. >> reporter: with injuries to his head, neck, legs and hands healing, the hospital upgraded the condition of dzhokhar tsarnaev from serious to fair. so far, the only word he has spoken its a grunted no. at the same time, friends sought to upgrade his image. one posted this unidated video on youtube showing dzhokhar doing the robot dance with buddies on the wrestling team. hardly the anti-american islamic radical accused of following his brother and bombing the marathon. >> it does appear the elder brother was the driving force that he was very angry at u.s. foreign policy. >> reporter: the younger brother told the fbi that he and his brother were inspired by the anti-u.s. internet preaching, of the radical cleric anwar al-awlaki. though the american born al qaeda figure was killed a year and a half ago. his words still have power. here, condemning actions in iraq and afghanistan, which the younger brother said became their motivation to attack. >> we have chosen the path of war in order to defend ourselves from your oppression. >> reporter: the elder brother, tamerl
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Apr 23, 2013 5:30pm PDT
brian ross tells us now what they're learning about his motivation, his inspiration. >> reporter: with the injuries to his head, neck, legs and hand healing, the hospital today upgraded the condition of dzhokhar tsarnaev from serious to fair. so far the only word he has spoken is a grunted "no." at the same time, friends sought to upgrade his image. one posted this undated video on youtube, showing dzhokhar doing the robot dance with buddies on the wrestling team. hardly the anti-american islamic radical accused of following his brother in bombing the marathon. >> it does appear the elder brother was the driving force, that he was very angry at u.s. foreign policy. >> reporter: the younger brother told the fbi that he and his brother were inspired by the anti-u.s. internet preaching of the radical cleric anwar al awlaki. even though the american born al qaeda figure was killed in a -- more than a year and a half ago, his words still have power. here condemning the u.s. actions in iraq and afghanistan, which the younger brother said, became their motivation to attack. >> we have chosen
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Apr 8, 2013 5:30pm PDT
cells. abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, brings us what's changing tonight. >> reporter: at one school in massachusetts, students get what is called skin shock therapy. [ screaming ] in kentucky, a mother found her autistic 8-year-old son had been stuffed in a therapeutic duffle bag like this one. and across the country, abc news found schoolchildren, as young as 7, put in padded rooms or cells specially made for children said to be out of control in class. regarded as barbaric by some educators, but legal in most states. >> it's scary, really scary. even for the bravest person in the world, it's still really scary. >> reporter: but when lesley noyes of arizona discovered her second-grade son in this padded cell without her consent, she made a secret cellphone video and launched a public campaign to stop their use. >> it breaks my heart. it really does. that's what caused me to want to fight this fight. >> reporter: last week, success, as the arizona legislature passed a law restricting the use of the padded cells without parental consent. the arizona govern
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Apr 19, 2013 11:00am PDT
home, but logan airport does remain open at this moment and we heard brian ross say the taxis are allowed to move around at this point. >> the city has been on lockdown. we have lindsay davis with us now in watertown. she has stepped away right now. is bon us?
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Apr 23, 2013 1:40am PDT
. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: federal authorities were searching behind a cambridge drugstore in an area where the brothers' father used to repair cars, looking for possible explosives or where the bombs were made. there is no evidence of a continuing threat. the fbi wants to question tamerlan's wife, seen over the weekend leaving the family apartment. a rhode island native, she converted to islam and changed her name from catherine to karina. because she lived in the same cambridge apartment where authorities believe the two brothers hatched their plot, she could provide clues about whether others were involved. her family issued a statement saying, we know that we never really knew tamerlan tsarnaev. and now there is a possible link to a murder two years ago. local prosecutors said they're investigating whether tamerlan was involved in the brutal murder of three young men, one of whom was his roommate. the three were found with their throats slashed, covered in marijuana and cash. also under investigation, the six-month trip that tamerlan took last year t
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Apr 23, 2013 6:00am PDT
question about it. abc's brian ross is in boston with the exclusive, new details on the interrogation. good morning, brian. >> reporter: good morning, george and robin. the 19-year-old suspect has admitted his role in the bombings. speaking with or communicating with that special team of fbi agents who did not have to give him his legal rights. the suspect also revealed, cording to authorities, much of the how and the why of the deadly bomb blast. [ explosion ] for all the fear and drama that the attacks produced, the younger brother reportedly told agents, it was almost entirely done from the internet, homegrown, with no direction from overseas. they used an al qaeda internet description of how to make a pressure cooker bomb. >> they took a very simple recipe and targeted -- the boston marathon.
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Apr 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
right now. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is right there on the scene reporting the story all night long. good morning, brian. >> reporter: well, good morning, george. this is a fast-breaking investigation with a major breakthrough already. the recovery by the fbi of the mangled partial remains of one of the bombs that apparently failed to fully explode all made of a common kitchen item. crime scene technicians discovered the key components along the race route and sent
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Apr 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
. suspect in custody. and for more on how all that went down tonight, we'll go to abc's brian ross who has been following this story all week. the manhunt and finally last night the gunfire and today the brian, how did thi man who was hidingr a boat in somebody's backyard? elizabeth. as you say, it began with a gunfight and he fled on foot last night. this morning, officials put a lockdown on nol wa, lockdownropa.ol wa, no one was allowed out o this man. at 6:30 they called offthe search and conceded, he got away. we couldn't find him. then, just 25 minutes later, a resident in this area, now relieved from being locked in, went outside to walk the dog and noticed in his prized boat in there was blood on it. he climbed up to take a look, opened the tarp and inside was a man all blood he ran away. called the police. they responquic and inside was suspect number two. they used robots to rip the tarp off the top of the boat and shock grenades to disorient him. there was a brief exchange of gunfire. and then, the fbi s.w.a.t. teams moved in and took him into custody alive. and he's on his w
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Apr 24, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >> abc's brian ross has been reporting on the story from the very start. he's back from boston in new york. and will join us in the studio with brand-new details on the younger suspect and whether he was a jihadist or a brianwashed teenager. >>> let's get to the exclusive account of the owner of the boat where he tried to hide. dan harris is in boston. good morning, dan. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. dave henneberry lives on this street behind me. it's still blocked off as a crime scene. henneberry became an instant folk hero when his story came out. and when people get to meet him for the first time this morning, i suspect they're going to like him even more. we're all familiar with his boat, but we haven't met the man himself, until this morning. dave henneberry giving an exclusive interview to ed harding, an anchorman at our boston affiliate, wcvb. >> i looked on the floor. and i see blood.
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Apr 19, 2013 5:00am PDT
anything like it. brian ross on the ground in watertown right now. thousands of police converging on that small town and the other surrounding suburbs of boston. >> reporter: george, i would say not since september 11th of 2001 has it been a sense of powerlessness by the people who live in america that they are at the mercy of unknown terrorists, they've been asked in boston to stay inside, lock their doors, not go out. it's an astounding situation. they haven't really seen in 12 years. >> and, brian, we just heard pierre tell us a few moments ago about one of the killers, the suspect now dead, just walking cooley towards police. do the police have any idea in which direction the suspect number two headed when he was in that mercedes suv? >> reporter: they thought he took off. they thought they had surrounded him in here, but there's been reports since then of spotting him elsewhere and we're just about -- yeah. and we're about to get another announcement. le -- >> the chief the transit on his office.ent will brief you macllin. he will not take any statements. chief? >> good morning.
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